There’s never a good time to get an emergency phone call. I was driving to my parents’ home for the weekend when Dad called and said Mother was having chest pains and he had called 911. My son and I had already been texting about what time I would arrive and when he would be available to come to his grandparents’. So I texted him again and diverted him to the hospital to meet my dad. And I drove as fast as I could.
From there the weekend was filled with the momentary whirlwinds that occur when the hospital gets in a hurry to do something, combined with the hours that stretched out forever as we waited. Waiting on a doctor. Waiting on a test result. Waiting on a procedure to be completed. There was way more waiting than there was activity.
What do you do when you sit and wait? There’s only so much you can talk about. Only so much TV you can watch. Only so many times you can ask for an update from the nurses’ station. Only so many times you can go to the cafeteria. But there’s nothing else to be done. So you sit. And you wait.
And the only thing that makes it bearable is when God’s people show up. Within two hours of Mom’s arrival at the hospital, there were visitors in her room. Dad’s phone blew up with texts and phone calls. Even our Facebook feeds were filled with notifications from those who were praying.
It’s not the first time we’ve been in this situation. And it’s not the first time that God’s people have shown up. I often look at people in a hospital waiting room who are waiting alone. I don’t know how you do that. How do you sit and worry about your loved one all alone?
I’m thankful that we don’t have to find out the answer to that question. I’m grateful to my son who dropped what he was doing and went to be with his grandparents, to the long-time friends who sat with us on Friday night until the procedure was over, to the ones who called and texted and Facebooked, to everyone who prayed. Because they are the real testimony. Every call, every hug, every prayer is a testimony to God’s love flowing through His people.
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. John 13:35
When God’s people show up, we know we are loved.
When God’s people show up, others see God’s love in action.
When God’s people show up, the testimony speaks loud and clear.
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